Michigan vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan vs. Indiana Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 23
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Michigan (8-2) vs. Indiana (7-3) Game Preview
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Why Indiana Will Win
Yeah, Indiana is just that good, and it’s starting with a solid season from the offensive line.
It’s doing a great job in pass protection, it’s getting just enough out of the running game when needed to be fine – even if the overall stats aren’t great – and this is a sharp, good passing game that’s getting strong performances no matter who’s under center.
Peyton Ramsey isn’t going to earn any all-star honors, but he’s been able to step up when Michael Penix went down, hitting 73% of his passes on the year with a whole lot of big plays and few mistakes.
He hit Nebraska for 351 yards, and pushed Penn State for 371 last week – the IU offense is going to keep on coming. Michigan will have to play a full four quarters, because this Hoosier attack can go on a run.
The IU defense might not be anything amazing, but it’s getting help from an offense that’s controlling the clock and keeping the chains moving. It’ll get hammered by the physical Michigan offensive front, but it should be relatively fresh in the second half.
Why Michigan Will Win
The Michigan defense has stepped it up and it’s shutting everything down.
For the last 14 quarters after halftime against Penn State, the Wolverines have been nasty on both sides of the ball, working around a run defense that’s allowing fewer than three yards per carry and has learned everything up since getting hammered by Wisconsin.
The Wolverines allowed 559 yards and eight rushing scores to the Badgers and Army, and 509 rushing yards in the other eight games. Stevie Scott is an excellent, tough back who’ll pound out the hard yards, but even though IU is able to run well enough in key situations, it’s averaging under three yards per carry over the last few games and only went for over 200 yards against Rutgers.
It’s about to get stuffed by the Wolverine defensive front.
On the other side, Shea Patterson is coming off one of his best games with the program.
He completed 73% of his throws for 384 yards and four scores against Michigan State, bailing the team out of bad situations, making plays on the move, and throwing with a confidence that hasn’t always been there throughout the year. He can take a few chances against a Hoosier secondary that’s playing well, but only has three picks.
What’s Going To Happen
Indiana will be a tough out at home.
It’s been bowl eligible for a few weeks, and it can and will turn it loose in the final home game of the season. It’ll play with a good energy, the offense will keep things moving, and the Michigan defense will be on its heels for the first time in weeks.
Indiana is 7-0 when scoring 34 points or more, and 0-3 when scoring fewer than 34. Michigan allowed 35 points to Wisconsin, and no one else has scored more than 28.
But the Wolverine offense will blast away up front, Patterson will hit just enough key passes to lead the way on long marches, and then …
It’s Ohio State week.
Michigan vs. Indiana Prediction, Line
Must See Rating: 3
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